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Port of Lake Charles and Institute Partner in Dredge Material Study

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BATON ROUGE, La. (September 20, 2017) –The Water Institute of the Gulf is embarking on a new study with the Port of Lake Charles to identify sediment sources in the Calcasieu Ship Channel and to find the best way to use channel dredged material to protect critical infrastructure at the port. 

The $360,000 contract approved by the port in late August tasks the Institute with better understanding how sediment moves through the Calcasieu Ship Channel and to evaluate alternative locations to find long-term and realistic dredge disposal sites. Primarily due to the increase in liquified natural gas, it’s predicted that ship traffic will double by 2023. 

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Good signs coming from the Gulf

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Depending on which prediction you read, oil prices could be set for a rebound or headed even lower.

In turn, that could mean a healthy recovery for the local oilfield businesses and workers who have suffered a slowdown corresponding to the current downturn in prices.

Or, it could mean that the hardships that have hit our oil and service companies are here to stay, at least for the short term.

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Western Gulf of Mexico lease sale opens 21.9 million acres for drilling

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The federal government will open waters offshore Texas in August for new oil and gas drilling. The sale will be the eighth under President Barack Obama administration's five-year offshore leasing plan.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Thursday (July 16) it will put 21.9 million acres up for lease at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on August 19. The leasing area covers water depths ranging from a few dozen feet to more than 10,000 feet.

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Nicholls petroleum program poised for future growth

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Nicholls State University is preparing physical and personnel expansions to increase enrollment to offset shrinking revenues.

The Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management program began expanding three classrooms last month in the recently vacated Gouaux Hall, which until recently housed the university's John Folse Culinary Institute.

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Trained for the toil: SLCC to offer oil, gas worker courses in fall

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South Louisiana Community College may soon enhance the quality of the area’s oilfield workforce by offering a one-year diploma program in oil and gas production.

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SLCC will begin offering courses in the fall and offer the program formally in the spring. The diploma program would extend over a calendar year and require 45 credit hours.

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